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Robert Lewandowski reflects on Barcelona’s Champions League debacle, turning down Premier League clubs

Robert Lewandowski was the undoubted signing of the summer for Barcelona after making a tremendous impact this season.

The Blaugrana went all out for the Polish striker during the summer transfer window after he expressed his desire to leave Bayern Munich.

Despite the Bavarians’ reluctance to sell him, Lewandowski’s protests helped him secure a move to Camp Nou.

Barca shelled out €50 million for his services, and he is proving to be worth every penny.

The 34-year-old has adapted to the Blaugrana like a duck to water, racking up 18 goals and four assists in all competitions.

However, his objective to win more trophies has hit an early snag, with Barca knocked out of the Champions League at the group stage for the second consecutive season.

Despite being disappointed with the result, Lewandowski has stated that he was prepared for the difficulties he could face in his debut campaign.

In an interview with La Vanguardia (h/t Barca Universal), Lewandowski said: “Obviously I’m not happy, Barcelona should be in the last 16.


“But before I came to Barca I was already aware that the first season could definitely be more difficult than it should be. We are in the process of rebuilding which takes time – we must be patient.”

Lewandowski also explained the reason for turning down the opportunity to play in the Premier League.

Manchester United and Chelsea were linked with a move to the former Borussia Dortmund star during the summer transfer window.

Lewandowski insisted that his dream has always been to play for the Blaugrana.

“I’ve played many times against English teams, but I wanted to be in the team that I’ve dreamed of since I was young and where I’ve always wanted to go,” the Polish international added.

“Not only do I feel comfortable in Barcelona, ​​but I am also proud. I’m in a very beautiful place.”

Lewandowski netted a last-minute goal in the narrow victory over Valencia over the weekend, which helped Barca seal three points.

They are now just one point off top spot after La Liga leaders Real Madrid were held to a 1-1 draw by Girona.

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